US Nurse and Daughter Released After Haiti Kidnapping Ordeal
In a recent turn of events, Alix Dorsainvil, a US nurse, and her daughter were set free after a harrowing kidnapping experience in Haiti. The pair’s release brought relief to their community and loved ones who had been anxiously awaiting their safe return.
Grateful Hearts and Answered Prayers
El Roi Haiti, Dorsainvil’s place of employment, released a heartfelt statement: “It is with profound gratitude and immeasurable joy that we at El Roi Haiti announce the safe return of our cherished staff member, Alix Dorsainvil, and her young child. They were previously held hostage in the tumultuous region of Port au Prince, Haiti. Today, we are deeply thankful for this answered prayer.”
The organization further urged the public to give Dorsainvil and her family the space they need, emphasizing, “there is still a long healing journey ahead.”
Rising Concern Over Kidnappings in Haiti
Port-Au-Prince has seen an alarming rise in gang-led kidnappings. These heinous acts are often driven by the aim to extract ransoms from local communities. While locals form the majority of victims, foreigners too have been targeted. A particularly chilling instance from 2021 involved the abduction of 17 missionaries from the US and Canada. They were held captive for over a month.
A recent UN report shed light on the grim situation, noting 1,014 reported kidnappings in the first half of this year. Out of these, 256 were women, and 37 were children. These staggering figures prompted the US State Department to express severe concerns about Haiti’s deteriorating security situation. As a safety precaution, the department instructed nonemergency government personnel to depart Haiti in late July.
Alix Dorsainvil’s journey to Haiti began when her husband introduced her to a local school, inviting her to provide nursing care for the students. Inspired by the cause and the community, she moved from New Hampshire to dedicate herself to the children of Haiti. Their bond was further solidified when the couple got married in Haiti early last year, as stated in a 2021 newsletter from Sandro Dorsainvil’s alma mater.
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